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Editor: 

The recent editorial decrying our nation’s students pathetic mastery of mathematics is verified by the recent walkouts protesting school shootings. While the 17 lives lost in the tragic Florida massacre is horrendous, apparently the outraged students totally fail to condemn a far, far greater and awful statistic; The Cohen Children Medical Center estimates that 3,000 teens die yearly as a direct result of driving while texting (newsday.com). And added to that is another 3,000 killed while DUI. The national anti-gun media jumped all over the protests and got in the usual anti-NRA venom despite no NRA member ever being associated with such murders.

Students, if you really are serious about school safety then read Lt Col Dave Grossman’s book “On killing” and learn how our society is becoming desensitized to violence by various profiting agencies. Perhaps you should be protesting and boycotting all the various gratuitous violence that Hollywood has been putting out and also all the violent video games. There is a psychological reason for what has been happening. It didn’t happen in my generation where we had easy access to firearms and took our rifles to school to participate on the rifle team.

Perhaps putting down your goldarned cell phones long enough to actually communicate and socialize with fellow students would help. And maybe reaching out to the disenfranchised and the loners would prevent such mentally ill reactions.

Where is the hue and cry and demonstrations for the THOUSANDS of DUI deaths among our teens? The national media is strangely silent.

Anyway, next time you wish to conduct a school walkout to protest some cause you might want to do the math and determine the probabilities of one event versus another. Those math classes really do come in handy. I actually used that maligned high school algebra knowledge to further my nursing and aviation career.

HUBERT TOWNSEND, Casper

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